WAKING UP TO THE OTHER HALF
OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S POLITICAL CONVERSATION

TRENDING TOPIC FOR MONDAY, JUNE 26TH: Yesterday was the last day of the 2017 U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach. We leave you with City of Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez on some of the highlights of the conference.


MAYOR BERMUDEZ ON USCM 2017: Yoly Cuello spoke with City of Doral Mayor Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez about the U.S. Conference of Mayors that was hosted in Miami Beach this weekend, on her show “Noticiero del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.

Bermudez explained how the conference was organized and some of their accomplishments. “It has been four days of a lot of work. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to offer $200 million for projects that will directly help the residents of cities across the United States, and I am hoping to participate in that if it is possible.” He continued, “we had a lot of positive outcomes. I had the opportunity to help vote for our new leadership and we were able to add more people to the board and new directives as well. Apart from that, there was something that I had proposed in our International Committee that I am happy to say was passed and got a lot of support. It was related to the political prisoners in Venezuela and specifically Venezuelan mayors. We were able to pass this unanimously, and I want to thank Mayor Gimenez for helping us pass this on Saturday.” Cuello asked about the main themes of the conference, which were immigration and climate change, and what was discussed. Bermudez said, “when it comes to climate change and what has happened in the last two weeks, there is no doubt that Miami Beach is going to be one of the areas most impacted with the changing atmosphere. Although the federal government has different ideas about climate change, in the cities are doing our best to take the necessary steps to protect our environment. When it comes to immigration, we know that is a very important topic for many cities. Although there is some discrepancy on how to lead with this, we always remember that the United States is a country of immigrants. We all understand that there needs to be a process, but also that we have to treat the people who come into this country with respect. In this conference, we understand that we need to review the immigration laws, but that we also need to remember our humanity and integrity when we do so.”


TRENDING #TUITS – SCOTUS’ DECISION ON TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN

The Economist‏ @TheEconomist  June 26
The Supreme Court’s curious compromise on the travel ban http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/06/shrewd-justice?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/

Billy Corben‏ @BillyCorben  June 26
“Pro-gun, pro–travel ban, anti-gay, anti–church/state separation. Certainly more conservative than Alito & possibly to the right of Thomas.”

Reuters Top News‏ @Reuters  June 26
Trump says Supreme Court decision on travel ban ‘a clear victory’ http://reut.rs/2tf44TB 

Mariana_Atencio @marianaatencio  June 26
Those who have no connections with individuals or groups in the US are directly affected by Trump’s travel ban from now on